Monday, July 4, 2011

Club Penguin Membership Price Increase!

Club Penguin is changing the price of new memberships purchased in the US and Canada for the first time ever! The new prices are: $7.95 for one month, $39.95 for 6 months and $59.95 for one year. The increase will begin on July 13th! Wowza, that's a lot!



The good news, is the price increase is just for NEW memberships! If you already have a membership that is recurring, you will get the old price as long as you stay a member! Also, if you already have a membership card with the old price, they will still work.


Club Penguin wants to justify this price jump by reminding us of all the new games, feature, special events and the fact that they have donated millions of dollars to charity to help kids around the world. They feel this will let them add even more new stuff to make Club Penguin better. 


So, do you think this price increase is justifiable? Do you think you will be less likely to be a member in the future?


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66 comments:

Piplup J said...

Goodness me they fail to get a new newpaper out, they lay off employees and they fail to give us a new penguin style the to top it off they rob all our money its awful.

Braceface27 said...

Only the monthly membership price changed. I get the year one, and it stayed the same.

~Braceface27

Cooldude229 said...

Doenst matter. I will have forever this 6 month membership until I get my own credit card and pay with it..

@:Piplup: they didnt fail. Dont u read news? They are working up for Adventure Party, thats why.. But they said they release it early of this week instead of friday. Well, its tuesday.. It better come TOMORROW.

Vasa12345 said...

Ugh! I'm probably not going to be a member again :-/ I guess they have to do this since they layed off employees. Oh well ;-) They DID donate to charity
-Vasa12345

Andromeda4 said...

OMG. I'm definitely less likely to become a member now.

Waves1324 said...

I have the 12 month membership and I got it about 3 years ago. I will still pay the old price. However, for people who are just getting memberships, thats a lot of money.

Dropthebird said...

It doesn't start on the thirtenth. my little brother (only five) was going to get a one month membership last week. we found the card, but it was 7.95. he was sad because he didn't have enough. so he couldn't go to the Music Jam member areas.

clubpenguinforever20 said...

That is a lot but think of it there is a new map and all i totally agree why they are doing this

sammywrinkle said...

i think it is good. its not like its a game when you have to be a member and the membership is 10 dolars or more so it is ok price

Citrus Peal said...

That's going up $2 a month or $10 for six months!
Grandma just bought me a six month card last week and it was $29.95. Maybe I ought to tell her to buy our Christmas presents early!

smallpengi12 said...

I am sooo annoyed. They are liars! They increased the price without mentioning it a few months ago, and are now claiming that this is the first time they've ever done it! Shocking! And, their excuse is rubbish. They say they give loads of money to charity all the time. But do we get a chose about which charity? No. Do we get all of what we pay for? No.

Luckily, I am British so it doesn't affect me. But, I think someday they are going to raise British prices as well, and that day will be the day they'll regret...

Anonymous said...

.............. Ugh. This is my last month as a member then.... Their excuse is very stupid. For long time members they should keep it the same. But for new members make them pay the extra. I don't think anyway should pay the extra amount, but , I mean hey, I have been on Club penguin as a member on and off for a few years. Sigh...

I know long comment is long XD Sorry ^^;

~K~

Anonymous said...

thinking of quitting altogether this is just out of hand old cp is rlly gone forever its so unfair

Kattelyn said...

I wrote a quite lengthy email to Club Penguin in response to this and I will sum it up here. I will just say that the price increase is not that big of a deal to me, but the fact that they are deceiving us is the reason that I will no longer purchase memberships on Club Penguin. They basically tried to say that they are giving every little dime of that membership money to charities and site updates. They neglected to include the fact that the largest sum of money goes to the paychecks of their high-up executives. Yes, Club Penguin does donate, and that is great! But that is DEFINITELY NOT the reason for their upping the price. They are doing so because the company is failing. They have to make up for the slack at the customers' expense. I have been with Club Penguin for nearly five years now and I have had it with this company and their lies. It is so sad for me to say that Club Penguin is finally on it's last leg. I will continue to play on the site for a while, but I will no longer fund the piggy banks of the 6-figure execs at Disney. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

what the heck!!! dude cp is becoming a total waste!! cnt believe this!! ppl r gonna stop playing all together soon...

Anonymous said...

This is too much...I understand Club Penguin is delayed because of that party, but it will probly be the same as last years! Unless that party knocks my socks off, I think CP is failing their loyal customers.

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Violet1511 said...

Hey Mimo when I logged on I was at the lake place idk y please figure this out!

WADDLE ON CP

From,Violet1511

Anonymous said...

@Smallpengi12 They aren't liars. Some of the money DOES go to charity. They also have Photoshop, Flash, and all the game coding that they need to pay for! They just thought about raising it a week ago or so. I kinda agree with them. More features, more money...

Anonymous said...

That picture is from one of (if not the first) log in screens! If you go to the blog on cp you can change the penguins outfit by clicking it, or click the N in nightclub for a ninja mask... I wonder why they choose that as their picture.
~K

Phillies Kid said...

there going to lose a ton of penguins now and they are woundering why
~Phillies Kid

Piplup J said...

Cooldude yes I do read the news but they should have kept those employees until the bugs were squashed

Colin322 said...

Phew i just got a membership for the old price. Its not that good cp is chancing but maybe cp is becomes much better than this if the prises raises.

Anonymous said...

As a bussiness this is just wrong. The lay off employees so now they don't have to pay their pay rolls and now they increase the membership prices. Thats wrong they are just racking up more and more money and I can tell you know they aint doing anything special with it, except putting it in Disney's pocket.

Roekoek said...

Cp chanced alot now a new newspaper no fireworks whats happening is new cp becoming old cp or something or is there a new NEW cp coming XD.

Anonymous said...

Mimo! You know when your new you get sent to that lake place and that epgnuin explains stuff too you? Well I logged on and that happened to me. 1 week later I log on again(today) And it's happend again. Weird.

~Zenhta

Braceface27 said...

smallpengi12 said...
I am sooo annoyed. They are liars! They increased the price without mentioning it a few months ago, and are now claiming that this is the first time they've ever done it! Shocking! And, their excuse is rubbish. They say they give loads of money to charity all the time. But do we get a chose about which charity? No. Do we get all of what we pay for? No.

Luckily, I am British so it doesn't affect me. But, I think someday they are going to raise British prices as well, and that day will be the day they'll regret...

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I going to try to say this nicely.

STOP PLAYING THEN! If your mad about it, then don't give them anymore money. And technially, if the US prices changed, then British price increased as well.

~Braceface27

P.S. You don't need to threaten people. They are just trying to make money.

Braceface27 said...

Anonymous said...
thinking of quitting altogether this is just out of hand old cp is rlly gone forever its so unfair

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I think its totally fair. They need to make money. Thats that. When you get older and get a job, you'll realize that people will do anything for money. They need it.

Braceface27 said...

Andromeda4 said...
OMG. I'm definitely less likely to become a member now.

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Its two bucks. Its not the end of the world. If you're so unhappy, then quit. Its not that big of a problem

~Braceface27

Braceface27 said...

Kattelyn said...
I wrote a quite lengthy email to Club Penguin in response to this and I will sum it up here. I will just say that the price increase is not that big of a deal to me, but the fact that they are deceiving us is the reason that I will no longer purchase memberships on Club Penguin. They basically tried to say that they are giving every little dime of that membership money to charities and site updates. They neglected to include the fact that the largest sum of money goes to the paychecks of their high-up executives. Yes, Club Penguin does donate, and that is great! But that is DEFINITELY NOT the reason for their upping the price. They are doing so because the company is failing. They have to make up for the slack at the customers' expense. I have been with Club Penguin for nearly five years now and I have had it with this company and their lies. It is so sad for me to say that Club Penguin is finally on it's last leg. I will continue to play on the site for a while, but I will no longer fund the piggy banks of the 6-figure execs at Disney. Sorry.

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Do you ahve proof that that's what really happens? I'd LOVE to see it...


~Braceface27

Glenn31 said...

Good thing I'm Irish but this is still ridiculous. Why can't Club Penguin realise what's going on and Get rid of Disney all together. So what if they won't get Advertisements and attract more players? It's either that or no players at all

Anonymous said...

boo -_- I dont make alot of money by doing chores i only get 25 cents a week for 4 chores

Da Weird Awesome said...

wow, ive only been a member in the month of april, thats it, and my mom thought it was a high price then!

@:Cooldude229:just because they are working on another party doesnt mean that they should raise the price! they have done this before and they are making it hard on us instead of them! are you really willing to pay that much for more rooms of nothin? for making an alright penguin become a human lookalike? for seeing a regular person go online cp as a "famous" person? it wont change your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@:Piplup J: I agree, i mean they could at least do some harder work to keep customers, you know it may only be the beginning of something bad!

@:Kattelyn: I agree with you.

Da Weird Awesome said...

@:Braceface27: ok, you want to play it, then play it. We are just expressing how we feel about this. you may be too, but dont say in a mean way! and you dont have tell them what to do unless they ask, which is what you have been doing to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cutsiepie200 said...

So... since I have the reaccuring membership, it will stay the same? I sure hope so, o else I'll have a lot of useless clothes.

Wizzer10 said...

Well serves ya right. We've been paying those figures (in the UK) for years, don't act so surprised that they have raised it too. You don't just go through a credit crunch unharmed, even if you are as huge as Club Penguin!

Wizzer10 said...

And where else do you think the money goes except charity, improvements and paying employees? Do you think Billybob pays for his baseball tickets on the company credit card? Do you think they buy candy floss in bulk? Do you think they've been working in a golden palace for the past few years?

123bryden123 said...

Hey mimo. You ever wonder about the beau blue colour? Well wonder no more. If you zoom in on the snow ninja, you can see his colour (eye part of mask) . Seems familiar, eh? I think that CP might release it with the new arrival of the snow ninja. What do you think?
~ 123bryden123

Braceface27 said...

Da Weird Awesome said...
@:Braceface27: ok, you want to play it, then play it. We are just expressing how we feel about this. you may be too, but dont say in a mean way! and you dont have tell them what to do unless they ask, which is what you have been doing to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I wasn't trying to be mean. I just think that if they don't like it, complain to CP, or just quit. I appologize to anyone I've offended.

~Braceface27

Kattelyn said...

@Braceface27
No, I do not have any documentation, namely because Club Penguin does not publish their budgets and expense reports for the general public to view. But I DO know that they are a business with workers. The way that particular article is worded is deceiving, and that is why I am so angry. They make it seem like all of their revenue goes to charities and site updates, when in actuality, that is not true. They have other expenses such as paying workers and keeping the lights on. Of course I don't have dollar amounts or actual percentages of how the income is divided, but I know that what they said was meant to keep us happy. Ignorance is bliss, they say, and if kids think all 8 of their dollars are going straight to poor kids around the world, they are more likely to buy the membership. They are taking advantage of the naive nature of younger children.

Anonymous said...

I wish Cp would keep it. I'm sad that it raised.

lulu30530 said...

I am soo mad at club penguin. I got a membership a while ago and now its expired. I was gonna renew it but now it is so expensive. and to top it off so many things are becoming member only on club penguin you can barely do anything without being a member. I want old cp back.

Sprigypink said...

Doesn't club penguin have better things to be doing than rasing prices like *cough*givinguspenguinstyle*cough*

Anonymous said...

I am less likely to get a membership now that the prices have risen but I still think that with finance being the way it is there may be a good reason for the raise in price maybe.

Anonymous said...

they raised the prices when memberships were coming faster then ever.

Anonymous said...

It already changed for me! This is horrible!

Anonymous said...

You never know, maybe they'll surprize us...

Anonymous said...

If you read it, it says, "We can't say too much yet, but we have some really exciting new things planned for you in the coming months!" Know what that means? New stuff is coming that needs MONEY to come. They need this money! And they fired a LOT of employees probably because they ran out of money to pay them all, so they fired them to pay the other employees and for the game! Plus, half of the employees are lazy! So, can't you see why they did this? If not, you clearly didn't read this comment...

Anonymous said...

this is why I've started playing pirates online

Otiekinz said...

I wonder if Club Penguin has ever listened to Price Tag by Jessie J..... LOL

Flib said...

Cooldude 229,
they dont raise prices to make animated patties... they are greedy no wonder cp is losing players becuase there are cool sites like hpps,and other cpps that have free memberships. CP is just another way for disney to make money. Face it disney doesnt care about something so little to them like CP. They focus on ESPN, Disney Channel, and things that give the most money. They r just doing this to get money.

Flib

Flib said...

Braceface,
All this new stuff doesnt cost money. Plus disney doesnt match our coins during coins for change. Disney doesnt have that money and ur proof???? They layed off workers in this bad economy who just need to support their family. Disney has been scamming ppl for to long. I know 57 ppl who have quit cuz of money and cps just not fun. Face it everything is for 3 year olds now on cp. The puzzles and stuff r siimple, the parties r no different each year. Go on a CPPS those r cp just free membership. And cooldude, btw the adventure party is the same evry year just MAYBE 1 new item.
-Flib

HANNER2 said...

Anonymous said...
If you read it, it says, "We can't say too much yet, but we have some really exciting new things planned for you in the coming months!" Know what that means? New stuff is coming that needs MONEY to come. They need this money! And they fired a LOT of employees probably because they ran out of money to pay them all, so they fired them to pay the other employees and for the game! Plus, half of the employees are lazy! So, can't you see why they did this? If not, you clearly didn't read this comment...
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In your opinion you think they raised the membership prices cause basically they need more money, and i see that, cause I READ THE WHOLE THING. but i just wanna say, how on earth do you know that half the employees were lazy???

Anonymous said...

I agree with them doing this as well. Although I guess it's not so bad for me because I've had a membership for ages now so I won't need to pay extra but still...

HANNER2 said...

Ok. There are a bunch of comments on this article expressing how most - MOST - people are really unhappy about cp (or disney) raising the member ship prices. people are saying how

-they're gonna quit playing cp or not get membership anymore cause of this

-they don't really care cause its not like its the end of the world, it only went up by $2 and besides there are loads of other virtual worlds out there that have more expensive memberships

-disney are a bunch of greedy liars and all they want is money, they don't really care about cp at all, and they're just saying they give a lot of the money to charity to make young children keep playing and think everythings cool.

well, i want to say that if you're gonna go for the first option, well thats fine cause you're taking this matter into your own hands. and for the people who choose the 2nd option, well i guess that is your opinion if you want to think about this in a good way.
but for the third option, i think people are just exaggerating a bit. i don't know how YOU would know if they really were greedy, and just want the money, and i don't know how YOU would know if disney is just taking advantage of kids. I know you're just expressing your feelings but i suppose there's nothing much we can do about it. whats done is done.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy with it either, i don't like the new map or the newspaper and i think old cp is really gone. I mean seriously, how can you save paper by changing the newspaper like that i mean its ANIMATED.

So yeah. you can go saying whatever you want about cp, but just for your information, I don't think cp is really going to change their minds cause of a lot of people complaining. They might really need the money, and if this is what they want to do to get it, they're gonna do it.

Sorry for the really long post.

HANNER2 said...

Flib said...
Braceface,
All this new stuff doesnt cost money. Plus disney doesnt match our coins during coins for change. Disney doesnt have that money and ur proof???? They layed off workers in this bad economy who just need to support their family. Disney has been scamming ppl for to long. I know 57 ppl who have quit cuz of money and cps just not fun. Face it everything is for 3 year olds now on cp. The puzzles and stuff r siimple, the parties r no different each year. Go on a CPPS those r cp just free membership. And cooldude, btw the adventure party is the same evry year just MAYBE 1 new item.
-Flib
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I agree with a lot of the things you said. The puzzles are really easy, i stopped doing the field ops and really only go on cp every once in a while to buy new stuff that comes out. I agree with you with the party thing too, now they're just like a copy of the party the year before. But technically, the new stuff do cost money cause they have to pay the people who do all the programming and animation stuff.

dood said...

whoa didn't they used to be like 12 bucks for a yearly

Anonymous said...

I was MAYBE thinking about buying a month membership for Card Justi... but now I wont be :(

HANNER2 said...

dood said...
whoa didn't they used to be like 12 bucks for a yearly
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what! no.

Eragon.Saphira said...

I was a member for 2 years (and a non-member for 2 years before that) but when my membership came up for renewal this year, I said no. I can't afford to pay these insane Club Penguin rates! With this 'global recession' shouldn't CP be dropping prices to attract more kids rather than increasing prices and driving kids away?

Astronaut123 said...

Thats the day of my school play!

Anonymous said...

i hate it. the one month and year are only a 2$ increase but the 6 month is a 10$ increase which i really hate. i think i wont be a member as much beauase of the new prices.

∂øøm ß®îñgé® said...

clubpenguin shouldn't have raised the prices 4 the memberships.

Anonymous said...

OK, I know how fun it is to be a member. I think that there is no difference, if you have been a member for 3 years and then quit, all of the parties are the same as they were. I might become a member again, but I am still debating.

Anonymous said...

They're brainwashing kids!!!

Samantha Iturralde said...

Ok lets just clear everything up once and for all. Yes, every single one of you is absolutely right. All the points that have been made, right. Yes, they ARE ripping us off by adding the prices, and they think its attracting kids but it's not, and now their plan of raising money will backfire. Yet again, it IS only $2, and in today's world, you may think you can buy a lot with that, but the way things are going, not really much you can get. Money does go to the parties and charity, but I do believe, and also believe it's HIGHLY likely, that they're also using it for themselves as well. Cuz come on, you can't be stuck in all that money with absolute left overs of it after everything is paid. Everything you guys said is right, and we probably can't do anything about it. Maybe we can't, maybe we can. But one thing I wanna get clear is that no matter how you may look at this situation, CP just isnt worth it that much anymore. Money's being raised and taken away from us, the parties arent even as good as the old ones any more (money for nothing) and its not that fun anymore. I used to go on CP for HOURS each day, and I was so obsessed with this site. I used to even get snappy and violent with someone when they demanded to use the computer and I had to get off. Now, I only spend like 30 minutes on the site and dont even care when people push me off. Thats how much it's changed, and we might as well stop playing before they do something way worse to mess up the site and people's wallets. I know for a fact that I'm done buying memberships and I'm so close to quitting CP.

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